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The Financial Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis

Creator:

Sharp, L. and Timmons, A., National Cancer Registry Ireland

Subject Keywords: Economic burden of cancer
Topic: Health Inequalities
Health Inequalities
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

The costs to the health services of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer are substantial. These costs have increased over the past decades and are expected to rise further in coming years with population ageing and advances in treatment. However, the economic burden of cancer does not fall only on the health services, but also on patients, their families, and society as a whole. Until recently, little has been known about the costs incurred by cancer patients and their families.

This project set out to answer the following questions:
• What are the main elements of additional cost (medical and non-medical) incurred by cancer patients and their families?

• How much additional expense do patients incur as a result of their diagnosis with cancer?

• What impact does cancer have on income (e.g. lost pay, availability of sick pay, access to benefits)?

• What proportion of patients (a) incur additional costs or (b) experience financial difficulties as a result of their cancer diagnosis?

• Are particular groups of patients more vulnerable to incurring additional costs or financial difficulties as a result of having cancer?

• What are the consequences of the additional expenses, and any changes in income, for patients and their families?

Date:

01/01/2010

Rights: © National Cancer Registry/Irish Cancer Society
Suggested citation:

Sharp, L. and Timmons, A., National Cancer Registry Ireland. (2010) The Financial Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/108256 [Accessed: 12th November 2019].

  

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